from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A defensive encampment encircled by armored vehicles or wagons.
  • intransitive v. To camp in a defensive encirclement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A defensive encampment encircled by wagons, especially by South African Boers.
  • n. A temporary formation of armoured vehicles for resupply.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A camp, especially one surrounded by a circular formation of travelers' wagons for temporary defense.
  • v. To form into, or camp in, a laager, or protected camp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In South Africa, an encampment; an inclosure for temporary defense formed of the wagons of a traveling party.
  • To arrange in such a way as to form a defensive inclosure; arrange so as to form a laager: as, to laager wagons.
  • To halt and form a laager; encamp in a laager: as, we laagered five miles farther on.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons


Alteration of obsolete Afrikaans lager, probably from German Lager, camp, lair, from Middle High German leger, bed, lair, from Old High German legar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Afrikaans leger, lagerĀ ("camp"). (Wiktionary)



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